Health & Safety Watch: OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program

 In response to President Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus. The program also prioritizes employers that retaliate against … Read more

New LEED Safety First Pilot Credits to Support Success

To keep pace with the evolving health challenges around the world, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) designed several LEED Safety First pilot credits, which address COVID-19. Four new Education @USGBC courses offer a combination of videos, podcasts and resources to support success with implementing these credits. The pilot credits outline … Read more

Health & Safety: OSHA Issues Stronger Coronavirus Workplace Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued stronger worker safety guidance to help employers and workers implement a coronavirus prevention program and better identify risks which could lead to exposure and contraction. Last week, President Biden directed OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to help keep workers safe … Read more

Study Concludes Construction Industry Has Among Highest COVID-19 Positivity Rates

The results of a recent study administered by testing firm Curative in Los Angeles between August and October, were revealed in an article on Construction Dive. The study tracked the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests and compared positive test results with an occupational questionnaire. Although the study has … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: Workplace Safety and the Flu

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with vaccine manufacturers to have extra flu vaccine available this flu season. Manufacturers have already begun distributing flu vaccines and will … Read more

Application Deadline for Paycheck Protection Program Extended

Saturday July 4 the legislation was signed that extends the deadline for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to August 8, 2020. Enacted in the weeks following the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the PPP allows businesses to get direct government subsidies for payroll, … Read more

OSHA Issues Guidance As Non-Essential Businesses Reopen & Employees Return to Work

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces … Read more

IWF 2020 Cancels Atlanta Show

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and enterprises, IWF 2020 and the global woodworking industry it serves are not immune to such intrusion. That inescapable reality lies at the heart of the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. This unavoidable action comes only after long, intense … Read more

Video: How to Build Company Culture In Your Fab Shop During COVID-19

In this video from Moraware, industry veteran Geoffrey Gran, the owner of The Countertop Factory Midwest, shares how he’s been able to build and maintain great company culture during the coronavirus pandemic.  You may also be interested in this article: OSHA Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus

OSHA Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved. The government and the private sector have … Read more